Best Bartender

Dave Hridel, Flying Fig

There's more to tending bar than just mixing strong drinks fast. To be the best, you have to tend to your customers like they're a flock of gin-slurping sheep. And that's where Dave Hridel -- the lanky, loopy, and yes, tender tender-of-bar at Ohio City's signature restaurant, the Flying Fig -- separates himself from other barmen. Dave's skills lie in his ability to connect. He ensures every customer gets what he or she needs, whether it's an eager ear, a new business lead, a prospective lover, or just a nice hard drunk. By the end of a night here, everyone seems to know each other, to like each other -- and they all have one thing in common: a new favorite place to drink.